posted on Nov, 28 2007 @ 01:36 PM
This suit looks promising for certain tasks, and I stress certain tasks, in the military and on the battlefield, after costs of production have
been streamlined and the suit has been improved even more.
Right now, it is too slow to be effective in close combat situations where hand to hand combat is occurring. It's not the hands, it's the legs that
make it noticeably slower on its' feet than a bare human. An insurgent could run around that slow thing so darn fast that he could stab the guy a
number of times at the many places where he is exposed. Very easy to run around the back and stab in the neck. Then the insurgent takes over the suit,
Imagine street combat in Iraq, urban combat. You've got some guys deployed in these suits going around on their own doing something requiring
lots of lifting/pushing/crushing power, perhaps "the first guy that goes into the room". But even then, the guys behind him would lose any surprise
advantage, as the front man would be a tad bit slower b/c of this suit. Who cares if it can bust the door down with ease, we can bust down the door
too with a bit of effort, then be faster once we get inside.
I could see a fully armored version used as the "front man" to take the hits and any blast or improvised bomb that is waiting for them, thats about
it. And its too expensive to play human shield im sure.
But for the ARMY RESERVE and for the NATIONAL GUARD, who are usually sitting back firing off artillery, resupplying certain units with fuel, ammo, and
supplies, or who are placed into defensive roles in relatively low-violence areas, it could be very useful, in limited numbers. The Marines and
Airborne and all that go out into the bush taking the fight to the enemy. So while they are doing that, these guys could be shooting off artillery
much faster, loading and unloading trucks and supply convos wayyy faster, utilizing their systems to repair vehicles easier due to their lifting
potential, and also to free people from bomb scenes that are trapped in rubble etc.
But as you see in the video, there are no functional hands complete with multi jointed digits on display, just hooks for hands. Lets see if they can
get the fingers down and the hands to mimic a human, then I will be impressed. This impresses me, but then I'd be convinced of its potential for
offensive operations. As of right now I think it is VERY limited to very special roles, typically reserve and guard roles, not offensive roles.
But. lets see what the boys come up with. Perhaps if the suit isn't too heavy, the existing "jump pack" technology could be applied, that allows
certain daredevils, if you wanna call em that, to rocket up into the air with this rocket backpack, and back down to the ground. We've all seen it on
tv at some point or another. That could make for a nasty addition, because these badboys could FLY into the combat, complete with certain higher power
weaponry that could be attached to the back or should areas, providing for a mobile weapon platform that can fly short distances as well.
Thats all what if .. right now its just a cool looking ammunition loader.
But, it does make my mind wander into Warhammer 40K Land as I think of Space Marines Armor and Terminator Armor and all these wonderful suits that
make the wearer a bad arse.
[edit on 11/28/2007 by runetang]